Students practice writing integers and finding the absolute values in real world situations. You can use the comparison of DISTANCE vs DIRECTION to help students find purpose in absolute value of integers. Using these two concepts together gives them more meaning and less concept separation. These lessons give purpose to finding the absolute value and clarify the reasoning behind the +/- symbols being removed so it becomes less of a memorized task and more meaningful. This is done by using direction and distance in EACH given sample problem. There are 17 Notebook pages as well as 2 worksheets, 1 to follow the lesson, 1 to check for understanding. Try teaching these together, you will be amazed how students will respond to learning absolute value with more depth. Use all or some of the pages as you need. I have included word and pdf files.